Because chemistry deals with the composition of substances and their interactions to produce new substances, students in a wide variety of majors benefit from a knowledge of its fundamentals.
Students who have had no high school chemistry and those with majors like agriculture, forestry, and occupational therapy begin with CHEM 1005 and perhaps CHEM 1006 (concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1005 required). Chemistry, engineering, pre-professional (medicine, veterinary, pharmacy, and medical technology), biology, physics, and geology majors begin with CHEM 1025 and CHEM 1028 and continue with selected 2000 level courses.
- A maximum of four semester credits may be applied toward graduation by completing any combination of CHEM 1005 , CHEM 1006 , CHEM 1025 , and CHEM 1028 .
- Students who are taking CHEM 1005 in order to prepare for CHEM 1025 and CHEM 1035 need not take CHEM 1006 .
- Students who expect to take one or more chemistry laboratory courses must provide eye protection in the form of 1) prescription eyeglasses or 2) laboratory goggles which may be purchased at the bookstore. Please note that we strongly urge that contact lenses not be worn in the laboratory even under laboratory goggles. Goggles will not prevent irritating vapors from getting under contact lenses to cause much discomfort and pain. Contact lens wearers are urged to be sure to have a pair of prescription glasses to wear in the laboratory when they begin their chemistry studies.
In order to obtain a degree in chemistry students must achieve a 2.0 GPA in those courses taken in chemistry.
This transfer program prepares students for a four-year degree in chemistry. After the bachelor’s degree, graduates may be employed in a variety of industries, including food and beverages, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum and energy, commercial and fine chemicals, lab analysis, environmental monitoring and testing and many others.